Our weekend away scheduled for February 28th - March 1st, was rescheduled to March 7-8 because of me getting Strep. It turned out to be a wonderful weekend away. I really needed the time away, and it was restful and the weather was absolutely great. A little rain on Saturday evening, but the days were sunny and warm. I needed the rest and to get away from the hubbub of life.
We arrived in Lenox about an hour ahead of schedule and went right to the apartment where Michelle was waiting for us. We enjoyed an hour visit with her, and then Joel came in from work so we had a chance to visit with him for a bit before they had to go for an appointment to check out an apartment. When it was time for them to go, we headed to the Days Inn where I had made reservations a few weeks ago, hoping that they had indeed changed the date of our arrival. We had a really nice room with 2 double beds as we had anticipated Melissa and Tabitha being with us the weekend before....but they both had plans so couldn't be with us for this weekend. We didn't remember how small a double bed was as we've had a queen size for about 4 years now. It was funny....... Anyways, we watched a bit of TV and David napped after the 4 hour drive, and then Michelle called and said they were on their way over to meet us.
They arrived and we made plans to go to dinner. Friendly's was the top choice until we remembered we had been given a 10% off discount coupon for Bennigan's when we checked in. So it was Bennigan's. We all ordered the same thing, well almost the same thing. We all ordered the Monte Cristo(Ham, turkey, 2 kinds of cheese, special sauce in a sandwich that was deep fried sprinkled with confectioner's sugar with raspberry preserve dipping sauce and french fries). Michelle ordered hers on panini bread with mashed potatoes. Delicious, but way to much food and way to much fried food.
Then after dinner we were talking about what we wanted to do, visit at their apartment or back to the Days Inn. Michelle really wanted to go bowling......so off we went to their apartment to find out where the nearest candlepin lanes were....She found some in Lee....and off we went. The lanes were old, but definitely a family place, I loved it. We hadn't been bowling for soooo long. I was only able to do one string, but David, Michelle and Joel each bowled two strings. Dinner and bowling......what fun. Then back to the apartment for a visit, then we all remembered that we had to set the clocks ahead one hour. We were going to lose an hour of sleep so we decided that we had better get going. David was kind of snoozing off and on in the comfy chair anyways.
Sunday morning came to early, but we knew it would. I got up and started the coffee and got ready for worship while David slept in a while longer. Then off we went to the lobby for breakfast. I like finding a place that has free breakfast....even if it is cereal, blueberry muffins, english muffins and strudel's, coffee and juice. We fueled up and off we went for a ride. We were way to early for worship, but the ride was very nice and relaxing.
We found a pottery shop in Sheffield that was open so we stopped there for a bit. David does(well he has) pottery and is always interested in how others do their work, and to look at the pieces and see the varieties of things that can be done. I would have loved to have bought some of the pieces but........no money for souvenirs. We will definitely be going back, so maybe next time. We drove out back to look around as they also dig their own clay on the premises.....very interesting. Time to head to Sheffield Chapel. Teen Challenge was leading the service........Michelle was running the sound board, Joel had the morning off from leading worship. They had a fellowship lunch for the church family and the men from Teen Challenge, it was definitely a feeling of family. We were greeted warmly and it felt good to know that the kids were in such a loving place. We heard nothing but good things about them and their involvement. For a mom it was so nice to hear that they are appreciated and loved.
Before we left for home we made one last stop at the apartment as M&J had something for Melissa. We gathered up the stuff and headed on home. Sad that the visit was over, but leaving knowing that they are happy, and they have a great circle of friends and a really special Christian family right where they are. We are blessed.
We arrived in Tilton, had to do our grocery shopping, and then started the rest of the way home exhausted. When we arrived home we found the house better than when we left. Melissa had been busy. What a nice and special thing to come home to. She even made chocolate mousse while we were gone and saved some for us. Delicious!!!! Thank you, Melissa!!!!! What a special treat.
When I told Melissa that Michelle and Joel had sent her some things, she checked it out and we didn't see her for over an hour. They had given her a dance revolution DVD and mat. She thought that was pretty cool. Thank you, M&J!!!
Well, that's our weekend. I had wonderful time away. We are looking forward to our next time to visit. Probably not for a month or so......probably more the so than the month. hehe
I am so blessed! I hope you all enjoy this day. Even though it is snowing. Rejoice and be glad in it.....enjoy all that God has created.